Spare us, please, from listening to lectures about due process from President Trump.
“Peoples lives are being shattered and destroyed by a mere allegation. Some are true and some are false. Some are old and some are new,” Trump tweeted Saturday morning, combining his trademark ignorance of proper punctuation with a strange echo of Dr. Seuss’s “One Fish, Two Fish, Red Fish, Blue Fish.” “There is no recovery for someone falsely accused – life and career are gone. Is there no such thing any longer as Due Process?”
Is there no such thing any longer as shame at such flagrant, unabashed hypocrisy? Yes, I know, a little late to be asking this silly question. Of course not. Nothing embarrasses him.
Due process is, of course, a core constitutional value. And Trump is right, on some level, to understand that its importance transcends the legal system in which it is ordinarily situated. Rather, due process is a core component of the fair dealing that all of us should accord, and be accorded in turn, in our basic interactions with others.
Is there a person less credible on this topic? It’s hard to think of one.